Leah C. Bechtel

September 04, 1921 ‒ February 14, 2006

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: Leah C. Bechtel, 84, formerly of Wildwood Drive, Mansfield, died Tuesday afternoon February 14, 2006 in Lexington Court Care Center following a short illness.

She was born September 4, 1921 in Liberty Township, Knox County to Delmer and Alice (Eppley) McClead, was graduated from Fredericktown High School in 1939 and Mansfield Business College.

It was while she was in college that she met her future husband, and on November 12, 1944 she married Howard J. Bechtel in Ankenytown. He preceded her in death on January 7, 2006.

Following business college, Leah worked as an assistant to Fredericktown’s Dr. Lord. During WWII, she worked in the White Room at Westinghouse and sold war bonds.

Following her marriage she moved to Washington, D.C. and accepted a position with the American Red Cross.

On her return to Mansfield, she worked with both the Dairy Queen Snack Bar and Sears Credit before taking a position with Sprint as secretary. She retired from Sprint in 1982, with ten years of service.

She and Howard camped with the Baku Grotto Campers and the Richland Roamers for years, and following retirement, spent 17 years in Fort Meade, Florida.

Leah was a member of First United Methodist Church, Baku Grotto Auxiliary, Pandora Dance Club and played pinochle over 30 years in card clubs.

A gifted seamstress, she made most of her daughters’ clothes as they were growing, and was nimble with her crochet hooks: having made at least 31 afghans…not to mention countless pairs of slippers.

Not content to sit a lonely “golf-widow”, Leah picked up the sport in her retirement, and garnered more trophies than her husband!

Organized and neat, Leah was blessed with a fun sense of humor, and she never let you leave her home hungry.

She is survived by two daughters and a son-in-law Linda and Melvin Mishey of Mansfield and Gay Grafton of Ontario; two grandchildren Rachael Mishey of Mansfield and Shannon Mishey of Falls Church, Virginia.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a son-in-law Neal Grafton and a sister Lois Hall.

The family will receive friends Saturday, February 18, 2006 from 1-2 pm in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home, where the funeral service will follow at 2 pm. Pastor Tj Waters will officiate. Burial will be in Forest Cemetery, Fredericktown.

Memorial contributions to Baku Grotto Auxiliary may be made at the funeral home.